Traumatic Brain Injury
Jeremy, a former Marine, was on a two-day leave when his motorcycle crashed. He suffered a serious head injury that crushed his skull. He now has three acrylic plates surrounding and protecting his brain.
He can’t really communicate anymore. He must’ve been in pain, because during a dental procedure, he bit his old dentist. The dentist told me he couldn’t treat Jeremy anymore, and sent us to Dr. Toal at the Center for Dental Rehabilitation—and I’m so grateful he did.
I had a broken, cracked, and severely infected tooth. I also have a medical condition that predisposes me to serious reactions to medication and requires me to be monitored in a hospital setting for my procedures, so no dentist would touch me. Eventually I was referred to Dr. Toal.
For about 10 years, I didn’t see a dentist because of my health condition. Then the dentist that I was seeing, because I couldn’t have any injections, didn’t take care of all the infection. Dr. Toal immediately recognized that my fillings were coming out. I had a lingering, residual infection, so she took care of all of it.
Luke's family was referred to Dr. Toal by another dentist. According to his father, Luke had gone far too long without dental care.
When you have a special needs kid, you find that different medical practitioners, including dentists, have different ways of approaching people with disabilities. We could tell right away that Dr. Toal–and the entire team here–really understood how to work not just with Luke, but with our whole family.
Maggie's mom was referred to us by another dentist. Dr. Toal uses general anesthesia, so patients who are physically unable to comply with traditional procedures receive—often for the first time in their lives—complete, exceptional dental care.
Maggie’s previous dentist had put crowns in the front, and you could tell—they looked like Bucky Beaver teeth. Dr. Toal was so gracious, and she removed everything and put four new teeth there, and they look just like normal teeth. We are very, very happy. She did a great job treating Maggie—the care, compassion.
Medically Compromised Immune System
I went to four other dentists, and none of them would treat me. Finally, another dentist referred me to Dr. Toal.
I had a heart transplant, so my immune system is not well. I take immunosuppressants, and the other doctors were afraid to work with me. Dr. Toal wasn’t. She was confident she could help, and she reassured me the whole time. And her staff is amazing.
I did a lot of research on dentists around the Phoenix area. After four or five consultations, I found Dr. Toal.
After all the pain and dental trauma I went through in the past, I needed a general anesthesia. The experience here has been wonderful. I’ve been back in for a couple of checkups and it’s a very nice, relaxed, clean environment. Dr. Toal is very professional and I just love her.
Oh, this is the best thing that happened to us in the last five years. I had Tom at the dentist, and we noticed that his teeth were really wearing down very fast. His dentist said, I think you should see Dr. Toal.
Dr. Toal is so good with special needs people, and Tom, of course, is special needs. I can’t get over it. She just made him feel so at home. She’s better than most of the teachers in Tom’s life. Dr. Toal knows everything, and she knows exactly what’s going to be happening to Tom in the next few weeks, as far as what can he eat and things like that.
My dentist in Camp Verde recommended the Center for Dental Rehabilitation. We drive two hours to see Dr. Toal.
As a result of a horrible childhood experience, I was virtually traumatized about the dentist, and it lasted throughout my adult life, that fear and anxiety. As a Marine, there’s not much I fear, but say ‘dentist,’ and I was a colossal column of anxiety. I just wouldn’t go, period. As a result, I suffered. But coming here was an extremely positive experience.
Special Needs, Working with Insurance
The insurance companies just kept fighting us. We were getting pushed from one provider to another.
We went through years battling insurance companies and caregivers so we could get sedated care for our daughter. The Center for Dental Rehabilitation was the first place to provide us with solutions instead of just sending us down the road to find someone else.
Years back, I went to the dentist. I’d been before, but this time, the novocaine hit me really hard. The doctor thought I was having a heart attack. I thought I was having a heart attack. They called for an ambulance and I ended up in the hospital for a few days because of this reaction. Some years later, I needed dental repair, and my dentist sent me to Dr. Toal.
I was very nervous, but instantly I just felt like these people treated me like family. They reassured me. I went through several heart tests to make sure I was strong enough. I relaxed, went through the procedure just fine, and went to sleep completely. If I had to do it again, I wouldn’t give it a second thought.
I’m a big dental phobic. I told my old dentist that I needed IV sedation. His office doesn’t do that, so he sent me to Dr. Toal.
I wasn’t feeling well for about six or seven months. I finally went to the dentist and he told me I needed to have six teeth extracted. His office doesn’t do sedation, so he sent me to Dr. Toal. I got to Dr. Toal’s office and she said, ‘No, you don’t need to lose any teeth, and here’s our game plan.’ Today is Monday. I had my procedure done on Friday — I was sedated for about six hours. The recovery is going extremely well and the swelling went down relatively quickly. I’m looking forward to stage two!
Extensive, Restorative Dental Care
“I’m very thankful to have had this opportunity at this office. My goodness, I’m going to cry. In all honesty, I feel like Dr. Toal gave me my life back. I had a lot of dental work that needed to be done, and without having the support of her entire team—I was in a really tough spot. She just has a great office and a great atmosphere, and they’ve got a great team.“
Medically Compromised Immune System
“After my heart transplant, other doctors were afraid to work with me. But seeing Dr. Toal—this has been the best dental experience I’ve ever had, and I’ve had many. I’m really glad another dentist referred me to Dr. Toal.“
“I fell in love with Dr. Toal and her staff on my very first appointment. You cannot entrust your care to a more compassionate and committed team of professionals. Dr. Toal was concerned about the health of my entire mouth and how it impacted my overall health, so she created a plan that removed all of the infection out of my mouth, which improved my health greatly.“
Dental Phobic / Anxiety
“I’m petrified to go to a dentist. I’m lucky to get my feet into the door. Would I recommend Dr. Toal? Absolutely.”
“Dr. Toal is so good with special needs people. I can’t get over it. She’s better than most of the teachers in Tom’s life.”
“Based on my childhood experience, I was traumatized about the dentist. As a Marine, there’s not much I fear. But say ‘dentist’ . . . forget about it.”
“We went through years battling insurance companies and caregivers (so we could get) sedated care for her. You were the first people to provide us with solutions instead of just sending us down the road to find someone else.”
“You know ahead of time what you’re going to go through, when you come to see Dr. Toal. Whether it’s just a cleaning, like I have, or being fully sedated, like when I bring Maggie.”
Dental Anxiety / Medically Compromised
“After all the pain and dental trauma I went through in the past, I needed a general anesthesia. The experience here has been wonderful.”
“My dentist sent me to Dr. Toal. I was very nervous, but instantly I felt reassured. I went through several heart tests to make sure I was strong enough. If I had to do it again, I wouldn’t give it a second thought.“
“I love Dr. Toalie! And I like my new teeth. I look like a barbie.“
“Dr. Toal has gone above and beyond what I thought any medical provider would do for a patient. She and the other staff have gone out of their way for me. They are the real stars of the production.“